Thursday, June 21, 2007

Travelling through Kaziranga National Park

A herd of wild elephants on the road through Kaziranga created a traffic jam, these elephants could have probably crushed our vehicle if we had gone any nearer.

A Rhinoceros near the road in Kazaringa

History: protection in Kaziranga dates back to the early 20th century, when Lady Curzon (Mary Victoria Leiter), the charming American first wife of Lord Curzon, then Viceroy of India visited the Kaziranga area in 1904. Kaziranga had already been known for its rhinoceros population. However Lady Curzon saw only hoof marks and failed to see any rhinoceros. It is rumored that the noted Assamese animal tracker Balaram Hazarika showed Lady Curzon around Kaziranga and impressed upon her the urgency of conservation of the wildlife. Concerned about the dwindling numbers of rhinos, she asked her husband to take necessary action to save the rhinoceros, which he did.